Lemon Cheese Babka

Lemon Cheese Babka Recipe

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kathleen ralston


This is a raised bread desert - not real sweet, and has a sweet cheese filling inside. I haven't made it for a long time but I think you will like it.

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2 Cakes
2 Hr
40 Min


1 envelope active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup very warm water
3 and 1/2 to 4 cups of all-purpose flour, unsifted
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
1/3 cup warm milk
6 tbs butter, softened


1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp grated lemon rind


1/3 cup chopped nuts
3 tbs flour
3 tbs butter, softened
3 tbs sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
confectioner's sugar

How to Make Lemon Cheese Babka


  • 1Sprinkle the yeast and 1/2 tsp of the sugar over very warm water in a 1 cup measure. The water should be comfortably warm when dropped on wrist. Stir to dissolve. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  • 2Combine 2 cups of the flour, salt, lemon rind and remaining sugar in large bowl and make a well in the center.
  • 3Beat the eggs and egg yolks in a small bowl just to mix. Pour eggs. yeast mixture and warm milk into the well. Stir liquids into flour until smooth. Beat well.
  • 4Add the softened butter gradually, beating well. Stir in 1 more cup of the flour. Bet until the dough leaves the side of the bowl.
  • 5Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  • 6Place dough in buttered bowl, turning to bring the buttered side up: cover and let rise in a warm place, away from drafts, 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours until it has doubled in volume.
  • 7While dough is rising, make the cheese filling. Beat the cream cheese and cottage cheese in a small bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in egg yolk and sugar. Stir in lemon rind.
  • 8Make crumb topping: Combine the nuts, flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • 9Grease two 8 by 1 and 1/2 inch layer pans.
  • 10When the dough has doubled, punch down; knead in raisins; divide dough into four equal parts: press two parts into the bottoms and up about 1/2 inch on the sides of each of the layer pans; spread each with about 1 cup of the cheese filling.
  • 11Shape the remaining dough into 8 inch circles; place on top of cheese filling. Press spoon handle into dough round the edges to seal.
  • 12Sprinkle half the crumb topping over each Babka. Let rise in warm place until dough reaches the top of the pans, about 1 hour.
  • 13Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the cakes sound hollow when tapped. Turn out onto wire rack to cool. (Place foil loosely over crumb topping; invert onto rack, then turn right side up.) Let cool at least 30 minutes.
  • 14Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

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About Lemon Cheese Babka

Course/Dish: Cakes